Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:59am
Dick Kimball was born in 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the Minnesota high school diving champion four years in a row, and he also excelled in gymnastics, trampoline, and cheerleading. At the University of Michigan, he was the NCAA springboard champion in 1957, and in 1963 he was the Professional World Diving champion. Kimball coached the University of Michigan diving team for 43 years, and several U.S. Olympic diving teams. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.
Dick Kimball was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.
Ann Arbor News, January 6, 1959
At 'Dimes' Banquet: Chatting informally during last night's banquet at the Michigan Union officially launching the national March of Dimes campaign were (left to right) University President Harlan Hatcher; Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the polio vaccine bearing his name; Dr. Thomas Francis, jr., U-M epidemiology department chairman who directed the serum evaluation; and Basil O'Connor, National Foundation head.
Ann Arbor News, January 5, 1959
Show Telecast: Basil O'Connor (left, center), chairman of the National Foundation, is interviewed by Announcer Dick McCutcheon of the "Today" television program, part of which was telecast nationally from the University's Intramural Sports Building this morning. In front are (from left) Jerry Van Liew, an arthritis victim, and Pam Henry and Jeffrey Reil, national polio "poster children." The U-M Glee Club is in the background. The program helped launch the nation-wide 1959 March of Dimes campaign.
Ann Arbor News, January 31, 1957
'Armed' For The March: Before tonight's county-wide Mothers' March for polio funds, three team captains take a moment to receive Salk vaccinations. They are (left to right) Mrs. C. W. Carpenter (seated), Mrs. Allen Eschelbach and Mrs. William R. Stevens. Dr. George V. Fink is giving the shots in his office.